Ángeles Peña is a photographer from Argentina, based in Bariloche. The intimacy of the relationships between photography as a documentary resource, and landscape as poetry, is what drives her to inquire and create. Using images that deploy a strong discursive power, Ángeles seeks to transmit a growing concern for the effects of climate change and the consequences that it brings to the environment. Raised in Patagonia amid snowy forests, savage rivers and deep lakes had a profound impact on her photographic work, that is centered in cultivating an inexhaustible admiration for natural landscapes. Ángeles selects water out of the four elements as protagonist, since it’s here where she finds most evidence of these vertiginous changes. “I don’t photograph a landscape, but all of what happens in it. The path, the road taken in its interior. I try to speak from within the landscape, not from a distance.” http://www.angeles-pena.com/
Katie DeTemple was born and raised in the pacific northwest of the USA. She received her BFA from the University of Montana with a specialization in Photography. Katie’s work focuses on dualities such as the relationship of human to nature, of body to identity, and of reality to fantasy. During her stay at NES, Katie will focus on the dichotomy of the ephemeral to the perpetual and draw inspiration from the Icelandic landscape, which is both enduring and in transition. katiedetemple.com
Gillian King is a painter and art educator from Winnipeg, Manitoba and recent MFA Graduate from the University of Ottawa (2016). King is the winner of the RBC Emerging Artist Award 2017 as well as the recipient of the 2017 Nancy Petry Award which has funded her to live and work in Europe from late 2017 into early 2018.
King has shown in galleries nationally and internationally and has completed residencies at The Banff Centre (Banff, Alberta, Canada) and Sparkbox Studios (Picton, Ontario, Canada) and NES Artist Residency (Skagaströnd, Iceland). Most recently, she was chosen as the Ontario representative in the Robert McLaughlin Gallery’s 50th Anniversary Exhibition, ‘Ab NEXT’ (Oshawa, On / April 29 – Sept 3, 2017) featuring five emerging abstract painters from across Canada.
King looks forward to ‘Ghosts’ – a solo exhibition with PDA Projects (Ottawa, On / April, 2018).
Francisco Rigozzi, born in Córdoba, province of Argentina in 1994; Photographer at his roots, devoted to the Arts in their most varied expressions. He has studied Photography, Visual Arts and Filmmaking; As of January he’s participating at NES.
His work oscillates between sound and vision, his images speak about themselves and about their condition of existence; his soundwork immerse the spectator in a liquid environment as sound slowly starts to fill and flood the room and then it drains and leave the subject soaked in pristine solitude, embodied in the world. www.franciscorigozzi.carbonmade.com
David is an Australia-based dancer, originally from New Zealand. He has worked extensively with Australian choreographer Russell Dumas, touring both in Australia and internationally. This is his second month at NES, and is working in the Biopol studios, exploring some of his own interests around performance-making and choreography.
Vivienne Marie is a multi-disciplinary artist from Chicago. While in Iceland, she will be exploring the interplay of light, dark, and use of water in painting. Images emerge from an abstract beginning, sometime serious, and sometimes not. More can be seen at www.viviennemarie.com.
Trayc Claybrook’s goal for working at Nes is to create visual stories that deal with the experience of being human. To put a hand on an intuition that is difficult to express. To pose the questions, who am I? why am I here? and how do I navigate this life? We all go through pivotal times where we are pushed to our limits and we don’t see a way up or out. But history and mythology tell us we will find the way up, the way out. Icelandic folktales are rich with archetypal heroes, finding their way in a challenging environment.
Alexia Brehas is an artist and designer who specialises in fine ink drawings comprised of tens of thousands of dots, as well as delicate metal engraving work. Her practice is grounded upon consideration to detail, and precise mark-making. Alexia works within a consciously limited world of black and white, which allows her to create dynamic portraits by focusing purely on tone. Folklore and myth underpin Alexia’s work, however upon commencing her residency with Nes, her practice shifted to a narrow focus of portraits only. During her stay, she intends to explore the possibilities of portrait work in varying scales and compositions, in an attempt to capture and reflect the warmth of the community in Skagaströnd and the people she meets along the way.
Instagram & Twitter: @alexiabrehas
Dao Strom writes in a hybrid form of poetry, memoir, music & multimedia. Her partner Kyle Macdonald collaborates with her on video and other visual & installation elements. Together, they’ve explored projection and imagery involving wings, triangles, and paper-boxes.
Dao’s books include an experimental memoir, We Were Meant To Be a Gentle People, accompanied by a multimedia song-cycle, East/West, and two books of fiction. She has a forthcoming bilingual (Vietnamese/English) poetry book, You Will Always Be Someone From Somewhere Else, to be published by Ajar Press in 2018.
You can see more of Dao’s Nes residency reflections on her instagram: @herandthesea and also link to her multi-media work here: : http://www.poetrynw.org/dao-strom-flower-diatribe-1/ and just released work here: http://www.opb.org/television/programs/artbeat/episodes/1905/